Item - ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE / DIE ANDERE SEITE DES LEBENS: ZWEI BRUEDER AUS DEM TOWNSHIP

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ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE / DIE ANDERE SEITE DES LEBENS: ZWEI BRUEDER AUS DEM TOWNSHIP

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88 mins
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Director / Producer: Stephanie Brockhaus and Andy Wolff: SA / Germany: 2010.
Producer: Bayerischer Rundfunk - Bavarian Public Television and HFF München - University for Television and Film Munich
Language: Xhosa and English
Brothers, Lucky and Bongani, have learned to be cool in order to survive in a Cape Town township. They know where to get drugs, where to get money, how to pick up girls and how to get rid of them. Their mother does not pay much attention to her sons, but at least their grandmother is on their side. The two brothers share everything: the bed, the food and an accusation of murder. Their first lesson in prison is to follow the strict hierarchical rules if they wish to survive. Out on bail, they experience an initiation of a different kind. The brothers move through three cultures, each of which calls for its own gestures and rituals. The deep rift between the generations becomes painfully obvious with the old people still holding onto the traditional African sense of honour. The younger generation has only a slim chance of escaping their squalid surroundings. Through a clever dramatic narrative structure, the film rises above a social environment study to become a far-ranging discourse about the future of an Africa torn between tradition and modernity. AWARDS: Ronda International Film Festival Spain 2010; Camden International Film Festival 2010; Milano Film Festival 2010; Starter Film Award Munich 2010; FFF Award at the Int. DokFest Munich 2010.

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